GREEN  During the March 21 Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Kim Redmond updated the board about Career Tech Day coming up May 7.

The event will showcase the programs and opportunities PLCC has to offer. Teachers, administrators, board members and staff from the four local schools sending students to PLCC (Coventry, Green, Manchester and Springfield) will learn how the PLCC experience benefits many of their students.

Approved business during the meeting included an adult education contract for Kelsey Derks as a part-time adult education tutor, $28 an hour with 50 maximum hours effect until June 30.

The purchase of carpet and installation in the amount of $38,178.50 from Interfinish LLC.

Contracts were approved with Neonet.

Adoption of textbooks for the building trades program.

Tuition rates were approved for adult education programs for the 2019-20 school year. Alumni of PLCC's four partner districts, as well as veterans, and immediate family members of PLCC staff, can apply for a one-time $1,000 scholarship toward full-time program enrollment or a one-time $250 scholarship toward part-time enrollment. 

Phlebotomy Technician, $1,795

Automotive Modules, $750* per module

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, $7,995

Welding Technology, $7,995

Practical Nursing, $13,995

Cosmetology (1500 hour), $14,995

Spa Technician, $8,995

Esthetician, $6,995

Nail Technician, $1,995

*Not eligible for tuition discount.

The board heard the first reading of board policies for approval at a later meeting.

Veronica Baca Bernel associate principal gave a presentation on school discipline and the rising problem of vaping among teens today.

Director of Career Technical Education Lisa Tripney reported that a new STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) program would be starting for adult education students next fall. Current high school students are also completing their STNA certificate testing this month. The practical nursing program classes are in full swing and enrollment is holding steady. Tripney said adult cosmetology students have started their internships at local salons to gain valuable on-the-job experience. The esthetician program will begin offering customer service in the evenings beginning in April. She also reported that all adult education HVAC students have successfully passed their EPA 608 Universal testing.

“We continue to provide contracted training to employees of Waste Management and, in March, the local IBEW #306 JATC signed with PLCC to provide introductory welding courses to both their journeymen as continuing education credits and to their new apprentices as basic skills development,” Tripney said.

Principal Mike Kaschak introduced the students of the month and commended the families in attendance for their competition.

Students of the month were:

Clayton Anderson, Engineering Technology– Springfield

Rachel Brutto, Practical Nursing – Green

Roxanne Slota, Visual Design & Imaging – Coventry

The Placement Student of the Month was Abigail Balogh, HVAC – Manchester

Employer: The K Company

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m., April 19 at the career center.